Whole 30: Week 3

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Hello friends! I’m three weeks in to my Whole 30 challenge, and it feels kinda like this is never going to end. I’ve come to the point where I hate eating. It’s not fun, it’s literally just a means to an end AKA not being hungry. I kind of assume that’s what this diet is supposed to do to you, but come on.

Food 

Breakfasts: I couldn’t get myself to meal prep another egg dish. So I decided to live the scrambled egg life and just ate before work. I’m getting REAL sick of eating eggs. For real guys. The struggle is very real.

Lunches: Chicken was on the menu again. I didn’t make any sweet potatoes for the week because of my epic fails the week prior. I stuck to chicken, bell peppers, carrots, grape tomatoes, and unsalted nuts. Living the high life over here. BUT my dad did make a surprise trip into the city and we got brunch (pictured above).

Dinners:  I tried an amazing way of cooking chicken. The key is BRINING! Life changing advice really, it makes the chicky so moist and delicious. We also had crock pot steak tips, ground turkey with avocado, and eggs & bacon.

Feelings

Peaks:

  •  Guys, I feel like my stomach is the flattest it’s ever been! I can kinda see my lil abs trying to peak through.
  • My workouts continue to be really good, especially my runs!
  • Clear skin is back, my sleeping is great (I woke up at 7:30am on Saturday all on my own), and my clothes are all fitting on the loose side.

Pits: 

  • I felt a bit bloated over the weekend, not sure why because my diet has remained super consistent.
  • I just want some popcorn and alcohol, is that too much to ask for.
  • 100% over food. Like even the idea of non-compliant food feels very “meh.” What’s even the point of eating? I’m over it, but I still get hungry so I guess I have to keep eating.

I only have 8 days left, LEGGO. 

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Whole 30: Week 1

Whole 30 Week 1

Hello friends! I’m one week into my Whole 30 challenge and I’m feeling pretty great 🙂

Food 

Breakfasts: I made a really nasty egg bake that I tried eating the first 2 days, but it was so disgusting I had apples with almond butter the rest of the work week. It was nice to have time during the weekend to make scrambled eggs, avocado, chicken sausage (whole foods) and honeydew

Lunches: I cooked up a giant batch of grilled chicken and sweet potatoes to bring to work. I also had some carrots, peppers, and cherry tomatoes. I’m pretty tired of that, so I’m going to switch it up this week.

Dinners:  For protein I had chicken with salsa, fried eggs, steak, shrimp, and ground beef. Veggies consisted of zucchini, potatoes (really more of a carb), broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and mushrooms.

Feelings

Peaks: This week wasn’t too hard, maybe because it was the first week but the plan seems like it’ll be pretty manageable. I never went through the “detox” phase #blessed, and I always felt pretty full between meals. As a constant snacker, this was a big win for me. My workouts were also pretty solid, and I’ve been completing my usual 2.5-3 mile runs with ease, not sure if it’s related to whole 30, but I’ll just say that it is. Also my stomach is already looking flatter to me (placebo effect?).

Pits: Not gunna lie, I had some cravings, but I always have cravings that I’m pretty good at ignoring. I really missed bread and cheese sticks. This weekend sans drinking was a bit sad (I MISS YOU WINE!), but my sister and her boyfriend are doing it too, which definitely helps #StrengthInNumbers.

I’ve already gone grocery shopping for week 2, and I’m excited to try some new recipes. Can’t wait to see how I feel post week 2 (praying I avoid the “bloated” phase.

Currently Craving: Junk (drunk) Food

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Hello world, as you can probably tell from these photos I had a good time last night. However, my intoxicating evening activities have lead me to the woes that are hangover cravings. Tell me I’m not alone! While you’re at it, please give me all of the greasy, cheesy, tasty foods!

1. Portillos Italian Beef sounds heavenly right now. Only you Illinois folks will understand the glory that is Portillos.

2. Pass me some chips and let me go to town on a delish 7 layer dip!

3. Another Chicago classic, DEEP DISH! Warm cheesy goodness get in my belly.

4. What sounds better than a mouthwatering mega burger and fries? Nothing.

5. Living in Wisconsin for 3 years ruined me by introducing me to cheese curds. Think mozzarella sticks, but infinitely better.

6. Pretzel bites with some cheese dip are screaming my name right now! PLZ GIMME

What are your favorite hangover foods?!

Weekend Recap Vol 7

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This past weekend the boyfriend and I went to Kansas City to visit some family. I don’t think KC gets enough credit for how awesome of a city it is, so here are some pics to convince you.

* We had some amazing Chinese food at Blue Koi. I ordered the ginger chicken with noodles. YUM

* Quality cat snuggles with the boyfriends brother’s kitty cat

* Seeing the boyfriend with his family makes me fall in love with him all over again

* We went to a flea market in the meat packing district. All the stores were in old warehouses so I basically felt like I was on the set of Rent.

* They had these candles made from old alcohol (miller lite, absolut, makers mark) bottles. I totally felt like I was inside of an Etsy store.

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* I’m seriously obsessed with Kansas City beer. Specifically Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat!

* Looking for a tasty breakfast sammy? Check out Opera House

* Tapas at Bodega, obviously not as good as Spain, but it’ll do.

* Now that we’re all over 21 we could finally enjoy a night out on the town. I was happily surprised that like every bar had a rooftop. AMAZING

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* Some evidence of our night out, so much fun!

We had a great Labor Day Weekend in KC, I can’t wait to go back!

Chicago Highlights: Living

1. Big city feel, midwest charm

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I think Chicago gets compared to NYC a lot. From what I’ve heard/experienced, Chicago has all the perks of big city living while still maintaining the classic midwest niceness. I’m not trying to paint an unrealistic painting of Chicagoans, there are definitely some rude people here, but I don’t think it’s hard to find a smiling stranger, lots of “thank yous”, and people holding doors open for you.

2. Amazing food around every corner

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Deep dish pizza, italian beef, cheese & caramel popcorn; need I say more?! Yes, NOMZ.

3. We have a lake, which is basically the size of an ocean

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Obviously the Lake is not an ocean, I’m not a dummie guys. But the lake is hugged by a strip of beaches (yes, actual sand), and you can’t see where the water ends #majestic. So like I said, basically an ocean.

4. Distinct neighborhoods that fit into their own special niche

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Wicker Park (hipsters), Wrigley (drunk college students), River North ($$$), the list goes on and on. Each neighborhood offers it’s own unique culture, so you can hop on the el for 15 minutes and be enveloped in a totally different atmosphere!

5. The skyline will take your breath away

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Every time I catch a glimpse of the beautiful Chicago Skyline I stare in awe for a minimum of 10 seconds. There are so many spots in the city where you can relish the beautiful buildings, my personal favorite view is from the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Be there or be square.

What are your favorite things about where you live?